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  • v. make an attempt at achieving something


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  • Retiring from the Bench, he directed his attention to planting in Lower Louisiana; but his health continuing to decline, he was induced to try for the winter the climate of Cuba.

    The Memories of Fifty Years

  • "You know it was dangerous to try for the hyena from so far away; you might have hit Brac instead."

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • I was asked to try for the National Squad, but preferred to dedicate my life to the eradication of the Dark Forces.

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • Yet Momma insisted that Mrs. Allismore try for a while longer.

    My Sweet Audrina

  • And when he appeared at the starting line in July of 2002 to try for a fourth straight victory, he still heard occasional cries of Dop-AY!


  • AFTER MY DISAPPOINTMENT over the Montgomery Ward job, I confessed to Jack about my unsuccessful job-hunting expedition in Chicago and mentioned the suggestion from the woman at NBC that I try for a job in the sticks.

    An American Life

  • Roll up, roll up, plunk down a quarter and try for a prize, take your sweetheart on a ride to the stars, lotsa room for the kiddies, yessir, no need to push, plenty of room, plenty of time, plenty of fun for everyone.

    Time Was

  • Here Donald gulped down a sigh, for he was a capital classic, and it had been suggested that he should go to Glasgow University and try for ` ` the Snell '' which has sent so many clever young Scotsmen to Balliol College, Oxford, and thence on to fame and prosperity.

    Twilight stories

  • If Audley's back from Washington try for him, he's the closest we've got to a friend over there, and he and Morris understand the real score — if they can cover for you, they will ….

    War Game

  • Per Dio! they are not satisfied with what they have gained, but are going to try for the Malakoff, with all its bristling guns.

    Journal Kept During The Russian War: From The Departure Of The Army From England In April 1854, To The Fall Of Sebastopol


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